History & Culture

History & Culture

Love at First Sight with Kuala Lumpur

Reading Time: 5 minutesKuala Lumpur is where Asia melts into a brilliant rhythm of people, sounds, cultures, cuisines, lifestyles, architectures, and incredible nature. The city itself is another bustling urban hub full of busy days and people getting through sweaty and sunny days to work and home. What’s not lost is the humane approach to life through all […]

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Financial Frauds Continue Since Ages…

Reading Time: 7 minutesFinancial frauds are perhaps as old as human civilisation. Tapati traces the antiquity of the swindle, as recorded in various ancient civilisations. Kautilya lists forty kinds of misappropriation of funds by the bureaucrats. Here’s to a better understanding of human nature – greed, avarice, and fraud – in the regular column, exclusively for Different Truths. […]

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Malayali Weddings: Simple Low-Key Affairs

Reading Time: 4 minutesMalayali weddings are utterly devoid of all the pomp and fanfare that mark lavish Punjabi / Sikh/Bania weddings. These are summed up as Band Baaja Baraati. At a Malayali wedding there is neither loud music nor dancing, no mehendi, and sangeet, which are almost Sine Qua Non for weddings in northern parts of the country, […]

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An Amazing Experience

Reading Time: 3 minutesIs it possible that real life experiences replicate the ones that fictional heroes had in books? Soumya, relives some such moments, during a recent trip to England. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I too, like many of you, re-read Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat whenever I want to destress.  You, no doubt, […]

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Life is Short and the World is Wide

Reading Time: 3 minutesHong Kong in that sense is conveniently located, with its proximity to so many beautiful cities just a couple of hours away.  From Cambodia, Bali to Vietnam and Thailand…all can be accessed on a long extended weekend. Discovery Bay, with its predominantly expat population, becomes very quiet during holidays with almost everyone leaving for a vacation, […]

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Solah Shringaar: Enchantingly Dolled to Beauty in 16 Steps

Reading Time: 7 minutesIn Hindu mythology “sixteen shringaars” correspond to the sixteen phases of the moon, which in turn is connected with a woman’s menstrual cycle. It is believed that Solah Shringaar helps to nullify the negative effect of that cycle. It is a cluster of sixteen steps for the holistic beautification of a woman’s body. From head […]

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The Game of Life and Death…

Reading Time: 6 minutes  The concept of ‘good death’ (euthanasia) existed in the ancient world.  Medical assistance was not needed when the Homeric warrior died as a hero and was expected to accept death with resignation. Later the city-state regarded as heroes the men fallen for the cause of the community, honouring these model citizens as those who died […]

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MP Gramoday Mela Showcases Folk Culture of India: Lokrang Fair at the Historic City of Burhanpur

Reading Time: 2 minutesThough it is a religious event, owing to the efforts of the minister for WCD, Archana Chitnis, a local village fair was organised 10 years ago. In that fair, food stalls and swings were installed for the entertainment of local villagers. However, in the last 10 years, the situation has changed tremendously. Now, cultural events […]

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The Lie That Cambridge Analytica can Sway FB Indians: 90 percent of Personal Data are Fake

Reading Time: 5 minutesFB boasts it can influence more than half the human population. Maybe. But not all the personal data of 2 billion human beings locked in FB is authentic data. That is because human beings lie to friends more often than they tell the truth. A week of revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s use of data harvested […]

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Women Achievers Inspire Us to Fight Against all Odds

Reading Time: 5 minutesAs we look into the lives of the women achievers who could overcome extreme situations and hurdles of life against all obstacles, we are forced to mull over reasons why we brood over being women instead of taking a right call as a confident woman. We don’t know how many of us know the real-life […]

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